Most Successful TMJ Treatments

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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, is known to cause pain and discomfort in many different areas. While some patients are able to continue with their everyday lives with little problems, others find the disorder debilitating. Our TMJ doctor can create a treatment plan that will work for you, and eliminate any symptoms. The following are some of the most commonly successful TMJ treatments.

Stress relief

Stress can cause jaw clenching, which leads to inflammation in the jaw joints, a known trigger of TMJ. Patients often find their symptoms lessen when they avoid stressful situations and actively relax the jaw.

Stretches

Our TMJ doctor can recommend and demonstrate several stretches that will strengthen the jaw and minimize inflammation. These stretches can be done a few times a day, anywhere you are. You may also decide to attend physical therapy for extra help.

Pain relievers

As with most cases of pain, over-the-counter pain relievers prove to be successful in reducing the effects of the disorder. Our doctor can recommend a pain reliever that may work best for you.

If you believe you are suffering from TMJ, schedule an appointment with our office today.

How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?

How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is one of the most vital joints in your body. It connects the lower part of your jaw to the rest of your skull, and allows the mandible to move left, right, up and down. A fully-functional TMJ is necessary for proper speech and food digestion.

The TMJ is vulnerable to a wide range of disorders. If a problem with your bite has led to TMD, or a temporomandibular disorder, dental treatments like braces, dentures or veneers may be necessary. If the TMD results from a head or neck injury, non-invasive and non-surgical treatment is a possibility. This includes a cold or hot compress, a head brace to restrict movement, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers. Simply avoiding food that is hard to chew can also solve the problem.

Sometimes, more drastic measures are necessary. Injections to the facial muscle that is affected may be needed to stimulate the healing process. f all else fails, surgery is also an option.

If you suffer from pain and swelling in the side of your face, lack of jaw motion, a clicking sound or feeling when you open your mouth or any other TMJ disorder symptoms, please call our TMJ specialist.